In news that will thrill some die-hard fans to their 1990’s era cotton socks, Death Cab for Cutie are coming to Canberra to perform at the Canberra Theatre. It’s part of a strong direction for the Theatre towards musical programming that gives locals a chance to hear cult performers who have not often been accessible for the Territory.
They join the likes of Rufus Wainwright, Arlo Guthrie, Tim Minchin, Colin Hay, the Proclaimers and even Bananarama on the music program, which also include the huge musical production of West Side Story later this year.
Death Cab for Cutie are late 90’s North West US indie music heroes, formed in Washington State by Ben Gibbard around whom the lineup still rotates. Originally a solo project, Gibbard threw together the band’s first iteration when he landed a recording contract that produced Something About Aeroplanes.
Seven albums followed, and the band garnered large scale success in 2003 with Transatlanticism, which also prompted an Atlantic Records deal that launched them on a national and international stage (if you’re wondering about the name, it comes from a friend’s song title and yes, with hindsight they would have chosen something that was more easily explained).
Hit singles and a Grammy nomination followed, and Death Cab for Cutie became one of the most popular indie bands of the decade. They’ve continued to record and tour, most recently releasing Kintsugi in 2015.
While Gibbard spent time on other projects including Postal Service and solo work, his ability to fuse indie alternative music with a pop sensibility and pluck at your heartstrings along the way has ensured Death Cab for Cutie’s ensuring popularity with fans old and new.
Live shows can often include long, exploratory jams with new musicians and instruments onstage – they’ve even toured in the past with a full experimental orchestra. Live performances have a distinctive feel, more complex and multilayered than the chilled vibe of their records but retaining the emotional depth.
Death Cab for Cutie are at the Canberra Theatre for one night only, on Saturday, March 9, supported by Australian singer Charlie Collins.
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Original Article published by Genevieve Jacobs on The RiotACT.